Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello & welcome to another round of the Bostik North round-up, here on the blog. This article looks at the action on Saturday 12th January. How did your side do?
Saturday 12th january 2019
Aveley 3 – 2 Felixstowe & Walton Utd | Parkside (3G) | Att: 294
The Millers had to rally to continue their good run at Parkside. Tom Richardson nabbed the first of the contest on 12 minutes for the home side though a quick double for the visitors from Rhys Henry [23′] and Jack Ainsley [29′] did threaten a upset. Shad Ngandu’s penalty five minutes into the second-half vanquished that idea though and Andy Freeman continued his fine form in front of goal with the winner with 15 minutes left. Only one defeat in their last eleven games has helped them up to 3rd place, while Felixstowe have only managed one win in their last eight games, falling to 14th spot.
Basildon Utd 0 – 3 Tilbury | Gardiners Close | Att: 168
Ex-Bees boss Marc Harrison extended his old club’s dismal form as the Dockers won at Gardiners Close. George Sykes broke the stalemate just shy of the half-hour before another brace for the prolific Lewis Smith [44′ & 73′] saw Tilbury to the points and extended their impressive form with only one loss in their last nine matches, which takes them up to 8th place. Basildon’s fourth loss on-the-trot sees them fall to 13th.
Bowers & Pitsea 3 – 0 AFC Sudbury | Len Salmon Stadium (3G) | Att: 124
Bowers grabbed their 6th win in their last seven outings with a a strong second-half display to defeat Sudbury. Skipper Martyn Stokes powered Rob Small’s side ahead on 52 minutes, before Brad Warner [76′] and James Thomas [90′] goals helped Bowers to retain their three-point lead at the summit. The Suds drop one to 7th.
Brentwood Town 3 – 2 Great Wakering Rovers | Brentwood Arena | Att: 143
Brentwood emerged from a ding-dong battle with Wakering with the points. Former Town forward Shomari Barnwell broke the deadlock after only seven minutes though the home side quickly levelled through Ernest Okoh’s goal six minutes afterward. Two goals in six minutes saw Town take the lead as Alfie Hilton struck four minutes after the break before Okoh’s second of the afternoon on 55 minutes saw the visitors face a challenge to get anything from the game. Jake Gordon’s spot-kick on the hour halved the arrears though George Cox’s dismissal on 74′ made it harder and Rovers’ third straight loss sees them only four points clear of trouble in 15th. Brentwood’s fourth win in their last seven sees them up to 11th.
Bury Town 1 – 1 Canvey Island | Ram Meadow | Att: 311
Canvey were stunned by a late leveller by in-form hosts Bury Town. Josh Hutchinson continued his fine season with the opening strike on six minutes to put the Islanders ahead though an injury-time strike by Kyran Clements denied Mark Bentley’s side all three points. The hosts haven’t won in three now though sit ninth, a point clear of Canvey who haven’t lost in three games though are ten points off the play-offs in 10th.
Coggeshall Town 3 – 0 Soham Town Rangers | West Street | Att: 118
Coggeshall remain in the play-off spots with a comfortable win over strugglers Soham. Nnamdi Nwachuku’s 4th-minute opener set the tone somewhat. MIchael Gyasi [51′] and George Cocklin [54′] goals swiftly put the hosts in command after the interval as they claimed their third win in their last six matches. Soham stay 17th, merely a point clear of danger.
Dereham Town 1 – 3 Heybridge Swifts | Aldiss Park | Att: 323
Swifts came back from an early deficit to claim another success, this time at Dereham. Joe Gatting’s goals are rare bright spark for the home side right now and his 7th-minute strike put the hosts ahead. After the hour though, Julian Dicks’ side powered back with Kreshnic Krasniqi levelling affairs on 63 minutes. Strikes from Matt Price [76′] and Luke Wilson [83′] secured the points in front of more than 300 fans at Aldiss Park. Town’s winless stretch extends to ten matches though as they remain bottom, four points from safety. Heybridge’s 7th win in their last eight games sees them stay 2nd.
Maldon & Tiptree 2 – 2 Grays Athletic | Park Drive | Att: 225
Grays came out of this battle with a share of the points, having initially led this contest. Charlie Allen provided the opening goal on 11 minutes though Laste Dombaxe’s spot-kick erased that advantage eleven minutes later. Stephane Ngamvoulou turned the course of the game only four minutes later to put the hosts ahead. Kieran Bishop struck again midway through the second-half to continue his goal-scoring form for Ath though they lost ground in the play-off hunt as they are now seven points adrift of 5th-placed Coggeshall. Maldon also conceded points in the promotion race, as they drop to fourth, six points behind leaders Bowers & Pitsea.
Mildenhall Town 2 – 0 Witham Town | Recreation Way | Att: 203
Fortune was not on the side of Witham at Recreation Way as not one but two own goals assisted the Hall to a vital win in this bottom-of-the-table clash. Kevin Coyle put the hosts ahead with a 13th-minute OG which Danny Norton added to both the OG count and the goal count with the hosts’ second on the stroke of half-time. Mildenhall’s first win in eight matches sees them emerge out of the bottom two on goal difference. Witham sit 16th, four points clear of their opponents hee after their first loss in seven outings.
Romford 0 – 0 Barking | Rookery Hill | Att: 96
Romford and Barked duked it out at Rookery Hill though ultimately could not be seperated. Boro continue to struggle for victories and fall to second-bottom while the Blues sit 12th.
That’s all for this round-up, thanks for reading.